We are a foundation that aims to honor Arab’s accomplishments and bring Arab achievers to the forefront of the global stage, defying the negative perceptions that have plagued the region and becoming a source of inspiration to the Arab youth in their search for role models.
By organizing year-round conferences, symposiums, meetings, mentorships, and an annual Awards Ceremony, we recognize the achievements of Arab individuals and organizations that have contributed to their communities and to the betterment of the world, making 423 million Arabs proud.
TAKREEM brings together wide-ranging groups and diverse organizations. These networks provide an excellent opportunity to open a channel of communication between interested parties.
TAKREEM is an internationally-oriented networking platform that seeks to improve foundational understanding across all cultures. Its media out-reach promotes a unified vision of the various issues TAKREEM represents.
TAKREEM highlights and promotes a favorable Arab identity that counters the negative narratives eclipsing the Arab world.
It honors those who have excelled in their field and inspired others in their quest for cultural, educational, scientific, environmental, humanitarian, social and economic excellence.
TAKREEM welcomes all individuals or institutions, irrespective of gender, religion, or origin. Candidacies are open to the public, and our selection mechanism is solely based on merit. We are committed to equality and diversity, renouncing all forms of discrimination. As such, TAKREEM reinforces a positive Arab identity, cementing its commitment to making Arabs proud of their heritage.
The world has been a very troubled place and much of that trouble is focused on the region of the world most of us call home. The Middle East is wracked with violence and bloodshed. The litany of explosions that cross our TV screens like an avalanche is a painful daily reminder that peace is very far away. And the displacement of populations in the region is plain for all of us to see and truly cataclysmic. Caring for hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons is a challenge to the entire international community. And this challenge becomes ever more compelling as relentless winter weather is near at hand to render the refugees ever more helpless.
The rewards that were the promise of the Arab Spring have not been realized. Calls for political reform have been met with a cacophony of ideas that go nowhere near satisfying the citizens of this region. On top of that, the realities of economic growth and the inequalities of the workplace leave countless thousands of young Arabs frustrated and vulnerable to extremist ideas and actions.
This brief period since last we met has given all of us both in the region and beyond a painful idea of what form this extremism can take. Upheavals in Iraq and Syria are relentless. Even further afield major sectarian and tribal clashes wrack Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Iraq. And beyond the borders of the Arab world -- in Pakistan, Mali, Nigeria and the Central African Republic – clashes erupt continually.
We must all commit ourselves to finding solutions, and these cannot always -- nor automatically -- be military and security solutions. The pushback against extremism must engage all of us across all fields of human activity. It is precisely in the face of this broad-based challenge that we come together to embrace successes by Arabs as a real renaissance – an Arab renaissance.
The Arab world is alive. We want people to see examples of all of these in the work of Arabs in virtually every field.
TAKREEM can showcase stories of Arab success that should be a source of pride for all of us. Through these stories, we can broadcast the message that the Arab world, in spite of all of the above, remains a place of initiative, creativity, positive thinking, human rights, entrepreneurship, gender equity, and the sanctity of youth.
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